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By Brian Klepper, PhD It may not feel like it, but the health care value movement is gaining momentum, as well as recognizable support and distribution structures. Hundreds of new health care vendors claim they are value-focused, delivering better care and/or lower costs than conventional approaches,...

By Brian Klepper, PhD   A couple weeks ago, Catalyst for Payment Reform hosted a webinar that provided a glimpse into Walmart’s health care strategy and management plans. Lisa Woods, Senior Director of US Benefits, talked about a new program to simplify and improve health care, particularly...

By Al Lewis Aside from the many antediluvian wellness promoters still claiming that our healthcare problems can be solved by browbeating employees into eating more broccoli, there is a legitimate debate between: (1)   those who argue that the system is corrupt because pricing is out of control vs. (2)   those...

Brian Klepper, PhD   How will the drive to health care value affect health care’s structure? We tend to assume that the health care structure we’ve become accustomed to is the one we’ll always have, but that’s probably far from the truth. If we pull levers that...

By Brian Klepper, PhD   It’s no secret that conventional U.S. health care arrangements have been ineffective in controlling health care costs. In 2008, the consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers estimated that more than half (54.5%) of all American health care spending delivers no value, and health care spending...

Brian Klepper, PhD RAND Corporation recently published a report showing that, on average, private health plans (and the employers and unions that typically sponsor them) pay hospitals 241% of what Medicare pays for the same procedure or service. Of course, there’s lots of variation around that...

Al Lewis By way of background, there are two things you need to know before launching into this Valid Points article: Livongo, a venture-capital funded diabetes management company, recently published a study in the Journal of Medical Economics alleging a significant savings in diabetes-related spending for...